Feature Photo
Story Photo
Friday deadline for SECU Academic Leadership Development Program
SECU is an organization of university provosts established to help advance the teaching, research and service missions of the Southeastern Conference member institutions, with a focus on areas unrelated to athletics. One of the SECU initiatives has been to develop an Academic Leadership Development Program. Nominations are being solicited for two to four ALDP fellows from among the tenured faculty (full professor) of Mississippi State University. Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President by Friday.
Story Photo
Forbes names MSU top 10 'Best-In-State' employer
Mississippi State is being recognized by one of the nation’s top business magazines in its inaugural list of America’s Best-In-State Employers. The announcement from Forbes said the university’s inclusion in the top 10 in Mississippi “reinforces your reputation as an employer of high quality.” Forbes’ list was compiled through an independent survey of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for employers with at least 500 people in their domestic operations. Employees rated their willingness to recommend their own employer to friends and family, while also evaluating other places of work in their respective industries.
Story Photo
DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Jenna Mosley
Jenna Mosley handles a variety of tasks, such as payroll, leave, accounts payable, account reconciliation, and property control as her station’s office associate. She sees her role at the Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station as helping colleagues perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. This allows the office to function smoothly and fulfill its purpose. “My favorite aspect of my job is the flexibility and variety of tasks. I also love the small office environment and beautiful view from my window,” she said.
Story Photo
DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Susan Worthey
Susan Worthey has spent 26 years working at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center with a focus on the horticulture unit. In addition to her research work, she manages the Magnolia Botanical Garden. She is responsible for keeping up with the care of the garden and in charge of all the people who work there. “We have ornamental gardening, rose gardening, vegetable garden, perennials, and so much more,” she said. “We want to teach people they can grow their own food in a variety of ways.”
Story Photo
MSU, ed2go offering online professional development courses
Mississippi State’s Center for Continuing Education, in partnership with leading online continuing education provider ed2go, is offering more than 300 online professional development courses. The June session starts Wednesday. “Whether you want to enhance your professional skills or just learn something new, these classes are informative, affordable and can be taken entirely online at any time from the comfort of your home or office,” said Dixie Cartwright, CCE manager.
Story Photo
Applications sought for SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program
The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Mississippi State University will select 10 faculty members to receive 2019-2020 travel grants of $1,000 each. Travel dates for these visits are between Aug. 2, 2019, and June 16, 2020. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 28.
Story Photo
Nominations now being accepted for Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals program
Nominations are being accepted for Mississippi State’s Leadership Excellence for Accomplished Professionals (LEAP) program. Chosen through a competitive nomination and selection process, LEAP participants meet with campus and community leaders to explore and develop their leadership skills in many areas and to more effectively lead MSU’s efforts. Conflict resolution and decision-making, managing change, divergent thinking, effective team building and employee performance management are among session topics addressed throughout the four-month program designed for professional staff members.
Story Photo
Summer read: 2019 Maroon Edition book, ‘Hold on with a Bulldog Grip’
Mississippi State students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as members of the local community, are encouraged to include the university’s Maroon Edition book, “Hold On with a Bulldog Grip,” in their summer reading selections. The book is being made available to incoming freshman students and transfers in their summer Orientation packets, and others can purchase the book at MSU’s Barnes & Noble bookstore or through other booksellers. Purchases also can be made online from the University Press of Mississippi at www.upress.state.ms.us/books/2240.
Story Photo
Day One Leadership Community seeks faculty and staff mentors
The Day One Leadership Community at Mississippi State is currently searching for dedicated faculty and staff members to be team mentors for freshmen during the upcoming fall semester. Day One is a service-learning community for entering freshmen in which students take a two-credit course on leadership and apply what they learn towards 20 hours of community service in the fall semester. Volunteering to be a Day One mentor is a great way to help entering freshmen transition into college life and to satisfy one’s own desire to serve the community.
Story Photo
Sanderson Center offers Summer Fun membership at special rate
Join in the summer fun at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center! Ask for the special Summer Fun membership now available for all faculty/staff, affiliates, and retirees. Rates for adults are just $100 per person and only $30 for each child. Come by the Member Services Office in the Sanderson Center, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, to purchase a Summer Fun membership today. An MSU photo ID card is required.
Story Photo
Butler Hall parking lot construction to cause temporary closure
Construction to improve the parking lot adjacent to Butler Hall will cause temporary closures of the lot through Aug. 6. The MSU Office of Planning, Design and Construction Administration is administering a project to replace a retaining wall, curbs and sidewalks in the area. The parking lot also will be milled, overlaid and striped.
Story Photo
Construction on Rula complex prompts partial closure, temporary detour for Hardy, Morrill roads
Due to new utility connections and road construction for the Richard A. Rula Engineering and Science Complex, there will be a partial road closure and temporary detour for Hardy and Morrill roads lasting through June 17, weather permitting. For questions, please contact the Facilities Management Service Desk at (662) 325-2005.


The Office of Public Affairs provides Maroon MEMO as a general information
resource for Mississippi State University employees.

Web links are subject to change. Submit news, questions or comments to Jim Laird.
Shaw named provost and executive vice president
A longtime faculty member and senior administrator at Mississippi State will serve the university in a new leadership role. David R. Shaw has been named the new provost and executive vice president after a productive tenure leading MSU’s research enterprise and economic development initiatives. MSU President Mark E. Keenum made the announcement last week, confirming Shaw as Mississippi State’s chief academic officer. His appointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Stratton-Gadke brings extensive experience to directorship of T.K. Martin Center
Assistant Professor Kasee Stratton-Gadke, an internationally recognized children’s disabilities scholar, is the incoming director of the Mississippi State’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability. The research center works with individuals with disabilities to help them benefit from technological solutions and innovative assistive technology. The center continues to serve children and their families through programs in the Project IMPACT Preschool, Assistive Technology Services, Express Yourself! Art, IGNITE Dyslexia Services, and Camp Jabber Jaw that introduces augmentative and alternative communication devices to campers and their families.
Tagert selected to study in sustainable ag program
Mary Love Tagert is one of four individuals selected nationally as a fellow in the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Delivered through the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, the SARE Program provides hands-on training to help Extension agents and other agricultural professionals become leaders in promoting the adoption of sustainable and alternative farming practices. An assistant Extension professor, she will begin the two-year “Reading the Farm” training program in spring 2020.
Campbell receives $20,000 MMA artist fellowship
The Mississippi Museum of Art is announcing a Mississippi State faculty member as this year’s recipient of the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship. The $20,000 grant is being awarded to Associate Professor of Sculpture Critz Campbell of West Point, whose artwork will be featured June 29-Aug. 11 in the museum’s 2019 Mississippi Invitational in Jackson. His achievement will be recognized during a 6-8 p.m. reception for all Invitational artists on June 27.
Mississippi State University  •  Mississippi State, MS 39762  •  Main Telephone: (662) 325-2323  •   Contact: The Editor  |  The Webmaster  •   Updated: June 10, 2019Facebook Twitter